|Gary Roper's 1951 Velocette MAC|
|Mike Bungay's 350 H-D Sprint|
|Tom Marquardt's 492cc Honda four, a Formula 500 class bike|
|Fred Mork's Excelsior|
|A 250cc Norton Jubilee, the smallest Norton ever made|
|An Egli Vincent|
A BSA B-50 powered streamliner that had just set a record at Bonneville
After seeing the lap times from the 250gp race, where Paul Germain finished a very close 2nd on his extremely well developed DT-1 roadracer. I knew I had my hands full, as Paul was 'bumping up' to the 350gp class. Paul got the jump on me at the start and I followed him the first lap. I managed to get by him on the 2nd lap but, about half way through the lap, my motor cut out and my race was over. I suspected the same ignition problem we had at PIR had reoccured but, in fact, it was a different ignition
problem: the set screws on the rotor of the Dyna 'S' system had backed out and the rotor had shifted, going out of time. The set screws were red Locitited and the rotor retimed, and we were ready to try it again the next day.
The bike ran well in the 1st Sun. practice, but I was getting some chatter. It seemed like the front, but I decided it could be originating with the slightly out of round rear tire, so we switched the rear wheel to one that had a used, but good, tire. I just did 3 laps on the Velo as it seemed good, then went out again on the Sprint. On the 2nd lap, the motor cut out again. This time, the rotor hadn't shifted and it wasn't clear what the problem was other than that it was ignition. So we installed a self generating electronic magneto that we had used on the bike previously. This had been replaced by the Dyna 'S' because the new analog tach we had installed, to replace the digital one I found hard to read, wouldn't work with the original ignition. So we left the Dyna ignition on with a sparkplug grounded to the frame, just to work the tach.
|The Aermacchi naked, before the stator for the electronic magneto was installed|
|The Jim Belland frame. N.B. the coil for the magneto|
|A good view of the Belland frame and here you see the magneto stator|
Sunday's Class 'C' race was pretty much a repeat of Saturday's, except this time Ryan caught and passed Billy Hamill for the overall win. I passed a dozen 160s for 11th overall.
In Sunday's 250gp, which Paul Germain won, his fastest lap was three seconds faster than I had gone all weekend. I had to step it up. Again, Paul got the jump on me at the start of Sunday's 350gp, but I got by him on the first lap. He came back by me on the 2nd lap and I got back by him on the 3rd. Concentrate. I was starting to get a bit tired, but beat him to the line by less than 3/4 of a second. It was a satisfying finish to a weekend of challenges, and especially gratifying to Mike and Karl, who had worked so hard.
But, my admiration for Paul increases, as he does it alll himself, from building and develpping a superb 250 that runs with the 350's, to riding to the limit, to driving himself from Winnipeg, Manitoba to and from the races.